July 3, 2018

Missions Minute: Mike Sunker and the 5C’s

“Bring the little children to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” -Matthew 19:14 Recently at Shepherd’s Grove and Irvine Presbyterian Church, we were honored to welcome Rev. Mike Sunker to share about his ministry! He is the founder and director of Christ Church Christian Care Center (5Cs) in Johannesburg, South Africa. 5Cs currently houses, clothes, feeds, and educates over 70 children. 5Cs is an oasis in Johannesburg’s Hillbrow district, an impoverished area with vast numbers of homeless children, high crime, and rampant HIV/AIDS infection. The objectives of the 5C’s ministry are:  Rescue homeless and vulnerable children from the cycle of poverty.  Restore their self-worth and dignity.  Provide a safe environment where they can pursue their dreams and aspirations.  Encourage a relationship with Christ through the Gospel.  Although the 5Cs is caring for 70 needy children, they don’t have space and resources to accommodate more children from the community. It

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Influence Invites Criticism

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 Elbert Hubbard once said, “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Unfortunately, this is the truth of our existence on earth. The only way you can please everyone is to be a bump on a log, and even then, you will be criticized. You could also invert that quote to say something like,“if you’re going to be somebody and if you’re going to do something, especially if you’re going to lead, you’re going to be criticized.” In fact, the more influence you have, the more you will be attacked. Remember, when someone makes a snarky comment or treats you rudely, you can let it go. If no wound was received, no wound was caused. You don’t need to worry about

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